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A Dirty Dozen with DAN LORENZO from VESSEL OF LIGHT – October 2020

| 21 October 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “VESSEL OF LIGHT has revealed the second single, “There’s No Escape,” from their upcoming doom-rock masterpiece, Last Ride, due out on October 23 via Nomad Eel Records. The most refined of VESSEL OF LIGHT’s releases, Last Ride is rife with depth, harmonies, the trademark riffs and guitar sound of guitarist Dan Lorenzo and creativity while also maintaining a familiar feel. Like the first the haunting first single and title track from Last Ride, “There’s No Escape” has a sinister lyrical theme, keeping in line with the darker subjects that permeate the record.” We get guitarist Dan to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Oh wow, I don’t want to spoil any surprises! (laughs) I much prefer people listen multiple times so they can possibly find out for themselves. I think there are a few things they might find or notice after they listen to Last Ride a few times. Maybe a couple of double entendres? Maybe a whisper? I’ve been sworn to secrecy!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Like most old fuckers like me, Kiss. In 1977 I worshipped Kiss. I started playing guitar in March of 1978.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

At first KISS Alive! Then AC/DC Highway To Hell. Then Exodus’ first album and Slayer.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I should mention when I tell you Kiss and Aerosmith that nobody thinks I’m talking about “Lick It Up” or “Love In an Elevator” (laughs). I love old Kiss, old Aerosmith, Bon Scott era AC/DC, Slayer and Judas Priest. I also love a lot of heavy old school rap.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Good question! Probably Phil Anselmo. That would make my wife happy. Phil did sing one of my songs to me once in Los Angeles. We haven’t spoken in many years though.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

It’s a bit frustrating when people tell you, “You sound like”…no songwriter wants to hear that! I’m not “Mr. Sabbath” meaning I don’t worship them, but it’s obvious anybody playing tune down guitar like me has to tip their hat to Tony Iommi. I love a lot of Black Sabbath songs, but because I have a short ass attention span most of their songs are too long for me. I write short, heavy, catchy riffs and Nathan Opposition writes insanely genius lyrics and melody lines over my riffs.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I’ve cooked for Jimmy Schulman and Ron Lipnicki, but when Nathan flies in from Cleveland we are usually in a rush so we just go for pizza. Nathan and Ron will have some adult beverages. Jimmy chugs coffee and I don’t have a taste for alcohol luckily. What’s an “acoustic” guitar? (laughs) No, Nathan and I both like to play acoustically a bit.

8. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I spent 90 minutes three years ago talking with Andrew Dice Clay. Then we stayed in touch via DM. I don’t get starstruck over musicians.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I have my “dream” job probably. I work in sales for Painful Pleasures. I’m very happily married. If I was single I wouldn’t mind being in the NBA, but I’m a super happy person who enjoys writing angry and depressing music. If I could no longer play… I’ve already taken some long breaks away from music. I will say that I am now consumed with Vessel Of Light.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

First off let me tell you, you asked some great questions. I love discussing politics with people who respect differences of opinion. My wife won’t discuss politics with anybody but me. It’s probably best when musicians don’t pick one side-whether it’s a Democratic viewpoint or a Republican because you are going to possibly alienate half your audience. I get a bit tired of talking about Hades. So thanks for NOT asking! (laughs)

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Non-Fiction made a video for the song “Reason To Live” for $17,000 in 1992. We should have picked the song “In The Know” instead. Did I mention I’m now obsessed with Vessel of Light and that Last Ride is our 4th album in 3 years and I want everybody to know about us? (laughs)

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

AC/DC Highway To Hell… I miss Bon!



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